I’m a whiner. When a cold or flu goes thru our household, I am the biggest complainer, even if my symptoms were less and lasted for a shorter period than my wife and kids. If the boss makes everyone stay late to complete a project, my inconvenience far outweighs everyone else’s. I know this about myself, and I’ve been working on improving this bad trait for years.
When I was 30, 40, 50, even 60 days into my quit, I was struggling and complaining about it even though it seemed like most of the people who quit around the same time as me were feeling great. I attributed this to my typical whiney nature. But after reading Doug’s blog 250 Days!! and yet... and Dale’s response,
Doug, I've never pinpointed the connection from when people quit using nicotine long term as to how it relates to no mans land. There's just no way I can get any data. That being said....perhaps it has a relation to how your feeling if you've only been off nicotine for 45 days.That being said, give it some more time. It'll pass.
As a Cold Turkey quitter, now I’m wondering if maybe my struggles were a bit more real than just perceived. Obviously, someone on a 21mg patch who is also taking 4mg of gum or lozenges occasionally to get thru those “rough patches”, is not feeling anything like a cold turkey quitter at that same point in time. So now I’m wondering how many of those who seemed to be doing so much better than me, were on NRTs and what dosage.
It seems the most common question for Newbies is, “Is what I’m feeling now normal?” But if a Cold Turkey quitter is comparing themselves to an NRT quitter who posts a similar “DOF” tagline, they are doing themselves a disservice. I kind of wish there were 2 Quit Dates in the “My Quit Plan” section of our website. One for the day you quit smoking cigarettes (well worth celebrating regardless if you are still using NRTs) and another for the day you quit using any kind of nicotine. Thoughts? Other than, "Oh Tom, quit your whining!"